A year ago this week the Pirates signed Dotel.

In December 2009 the Pittsburgh Pirates non-tendered Matt Capps, following a season where the closer put up a 5.80 ERA in 54.1 innings.  At the time of the move, the Pirates didn't have much to work with in their bullpen.  Joel Hanrahan and Evan Meek were the only bullpen options that were locks to make the team, and they weren't viewed as strong late inning relievers at this time last year.  The Pirates said they would re-allocate the Capps money elsewhere to upgrade the bullpen, which is exactly what happened in January 2010.

Capps ended up signing with the Washington Nationals for $3.5 M on January 6th, 2010.  Two weeks later the Pirates made their upgrades.  One year ago today, on January 16th, the Pirates made the first of their sig...

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